Category Archives: Eccleshall

Feeling topsy turvy….

everything feels a bit upside down and inside out at the moment!

I’m not sure why but I don’t seem to able to stick to one project at the time – is it because there is so much to do I wonder?

It could also be that the shop is starting to fill up with Christmas fabrics and I have started to make samples of the advent calendars…Makower Advent Stockings

We will be having a sale on Saturday 7th July to make room for all this gorgeous Christmas fabric – so put the date in your diary, there will be lots of bargains.

My head is full of ideas for quilt designs but I don’t seem to have time to get anything down on paper, never mind sew anything.

At home everything is in a jumble because we’re having a new hall floor laid, which means we need to redecorate, don’t we! I say we it’s all fallen to Glen to do, all I had to do was choose the colours (such hardship!) Why is it that when you decorate one area it makes everywhere else messy too? I’m not the tidiest of person at the best of times but there seems to be even more stuff everywhere – I know it will be OK when it’s all done but at the moment it’s not helping!

I think I just need to concentrate on one thing at a time and stay calm, but sometimes it easier said than done, isn’t it?

Wishing you a calm and fulfilling time,                                                                                             Jane x

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Hello again

I’m finding it difficult to believe that I haven’t written anything here for nearly a year!

Where have I been?, all over the place physically and spiritually.

Life has been hectic, tiring, frustrating and fabulous, mostly all at the same time and no different to anyone elses, I don’t suppose.

I’m still working on The Sewing Quarter, which is an education in itself. I have learn new skill to pass onto viewers. Sometimes the time frame for projects has been a bit short and I have worked into the night to get stuff finished and my Mum has been a great help.

I have celebrated 5 years of having The Corner Patch (and celebrated being 50), I’m so blessed to be able to do what I love, I meet lovely people and get to work with beautiful fabrics. We filled the church with gorgeous quilts and raised over £3600 which we divided between the Church and The Autistic Society.

 

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Eccleshall Church looking fabulous festooned with quilts

We’re hoping to it all again next year, so keep November 2019 free 🙂

We still have a fabulous range of classes and workshops, thanks to Chris Franses, Barbara Chainey and Tracy and we are doing our first Quilting Retreat in June (22nd-24th) with Chris and Barbara, which is exciting, there are still a few places if you’re interested, just give me a ring.

Anyway, just a quick post to let you know I’m still here – I’ve pledged to try to be a bit more regular (I’m not sure that’s grammatically correct!) with my posts, I promise it won’t be nearly a year before we chat again.

Until next time,                                                                                                                                        Happy sewing,                                                                                                                                         Jane x

 

Block of the Month

Chris’s ‘Block of the Month’ this year is quite interesting she has added a little twist – in so much as she has created four versions of a block in various degrees of difficulty, from one suitable for beginners up to a quite difficult one with lots of pieces and seam matching!

February’s block’s moved on from January’s ‘Strips and Squares’ to adding in ‘Half Square Triangles’

The magic of these blocks became apparent with the different fabric placements – even the simplest version could look quite different. This is what I think fascinates me about patchwork, how the same pattern can look so different just with different colour and pattern placement.

The results look stunning I’m sure you’ll agree. I can hardly wait to see what March’s block looks like the combinations of ‘Nine Patch Stars’ are going to be a joy to behold I’m sure.

Show and tell

Saturday saw the last of this months ‘Block of the Month’ classes. This month Chris has been teaching cutting strips and squares, using a rotary cutter and ruler. With four patterns to choose from the results have been fantastic.

Jessica has joined her Mum for this course, Jess is 13 and was one of our ‘little stitchers’ last Summer. It’s so lovely to see a young person really enjoy sewing and I’m sure we’ll see some fabulous things from Jess – she had a little play with one of her units in the afternoon and made it into a coaster.

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Next month’s classes will be looking at half square triangles – I look forward to sharing the results with you.

A couple of weeks ago our Friday morning ‘Sew Social’ group had asked me if I’d show them how to do the ‘Trip around the World’ technique, which I was happy to do and this week we saw some near completed quilt tops.

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Donna admires Sheila’s rainbow ‘Trip around the World’

Ruth was unsure of the lay-out for her quilt….

So we put it to the vote and decided on Option 2.

It’s the first Staffordshire Patchworker and Quilters meeting  of the new year on Thursday (2nd Feb) I will be the meetings trader, I shall be bringing lots of sale pieces so be prepared to grab some bargains,but if there’s anything you’d like me to bring please let me know, I’ll be happy to help.

Look forward to seeing you there.                                                                                                                  Jane x

Coach Parties welcome…

anyone who knows me, knows that I rarely say ‘no’. This can lead to all kinds of adventure (and stress!). So when a lady got in touch with me at the beginning of the year and asked if their sewing group could come and visit, I of course said ‘yes’. I didn’t think how 30 ladies would fit into the shop, I moved everything around upstairs, made some cupcakes and asked Mum & Glen for a helping hand and the ladies came, and had a lovely time, shopping and chatting.

So, I was delighted, when Joyce got in touch again and asked if the ‘Sewing Divas’ could come again. I made mince pies & shortbread this time, and once again moved the tables around in the workshop upstairs.

It’s a squeeze, if you’ve been to my shop you will know that it’s not very big (usually six people find it difficult to move around!), but these ladies enjoyed themselves and with good humour and patience had a great time, browsing the fabrics, enjoying some retail therapy, chatting and drinking tea (even sitting outside).

They left with happy smiles and promises to see me again next year.

Thank you ladies for choosing my shop and making a Monday morning full of fun.

So now I can say ‘Coach parties welcome’ – so if your sewing group fancies a day out, you know where to come  🙂

Thank you….

I celebrated the shop’s 4th birthday on Saturday, I know four years! Where has the time gone? It feels like only yesterday that I took the shop over from Alison but at the same time I feel as if I’ve always been there.

There are so many people to thank  – my mum and Glen for their continued support and encouragement, listening to my doubt and worries.                                                                              Chris Franses and Barbara Chainey for their expertise, not only teaching but with 30+ years each of experience in the patchwork & quilting world, there isn’t much they don’t know.                                                                                                                                                                      Tracy,who I have said before is the shop support system, teaching and looking after the shop when I have a holiday or take The Corner Patch on the road. Caroline & Ruth who help out in the shop and encourage me to keep going.

But the biggest ‘thank you’ goes to you – my lovely customers, who frequent the shop, attend workshops and classes.Give me great feed-back about the gorgeous fabrics we have in stock and the classes that you’d like to see. I feel truly blessed to be able to do what I do and I can only be grateful to you for your continued support and your shared love of patchwork, quilting and fabric.

Thank you for supporting our sale day – the raffle raised £60 for The Autistic Society.

Eccleshall is suffering at the moment (as are many High Streets) we seem to have more than our fair share of road closures and the closure of the bank seems to be taking it’s toll. But we know the roadworks and disruptions won’t last forever, the new houses being built will bring new customer to the shops and it’s nearly Christmas, so please continue to give your support to the small independent shops wherever you are; you’ll always get expert advise and friendly service.